Oprah Winfrey Assures 'Time Is Up' for Sexual Predators in Powerful Golden Globes Speech
The 75th annual Golden Globes were presented live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday
Oprah Winfrey has added another accolade to her long list of awards and recognitions.
The 63-year-old actress and media mogul received the 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s ceremony, an honorary award bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.
“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” Winfrey said in a moving acceptance speech, after recalling her own childhood watching Sidney Poitier become the first Black person to win an Oscar for best actor. “It is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them.”
Winfrey’s powerful speech was filled with somber moments, standing ovations, past memories and the story of Recy Taylor, a Black woman who never received justice after being abducted and gang-raped by six white men in Alabama.
The speech was met with several standing ovations, with the crowd erupting in a boisterous applause when Winfrey assured sexual predators that their “time is up.”
“I want all the girls watching to know a new day is on the horizon,” she continued. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
The speech came as many stars wore black to the award show to oppose sexual harassment in Hollywood.
“This year, we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry, it’s one that transcends any culture, or workplace,” Winfrey said.
Reese Witherspoon presented the mogul with an impassioned speech of her own, calling Winfrey’s hugs “the greatest thing ever.” And showering the star with “thank yous.”
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The HFPA announced in December that Winfrey would receive this year’s award during the Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special on NBC.
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” HFPA President Meher Tatna said at the time of the organization’s decision to recognize the star.
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as Chairman, CEO and Founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards.”
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Previous recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award include A-listers such as Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Lucille Ball, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren and Steven Spielberg.
The actress, producer, television star and entrepreneur was previously nominated for a Golden Globe in 1986 for her performance in The Color Purple; she also received an Oscar nomination for the role. Winfrey next stars in A Wrinkle in Time, out March 9.
The 75th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, were presented live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.